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Bird Die-off Worrying Experts

By Linda Harmon
Low-flying birds, flapping their wings, ruffling their feathers, and opening and closing their beaks may be sending out distress signals. Pigeons, doves and even some area hummingbirds have already succumbed to an infection of trichomoniasis.
According to the California Department of Fish and Game web site, the protozoan that causes the illness, Trichomonas gallinae, is a parasite that has been found in pigeons, doves, quail, turkeys, chickens, falcons, hawks, various finches, the Java sparrow and canaries.

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